Police help rescue hatchlings

RANGERS at Mon Repos Conservation Park are reminding coastal residents to keep their lights low after Bargara Police helped rescue a clutch of hatchlings on Oaks Beach recently.

About two weeks ago Queensland Turtle Volunteers saw police stop near the southern end of Oaks Beach, get out of the car and start shining torches around.

“A team effort by the police, residents of the house and volunteers rounded up hatchlings that had headed inland and were on the road, across the street and definitely disoriented about which way was to the ocean,” Mon Repos Conservation Park ranger in charge Cathy Gatley said.

The entire clutch of 130 turtle hatchlings were disoriented and took about half an hour to collect as some turtles had made their way into long grass.

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